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Oyster Mushrooms Redux

Oyster Mushrooms Redux

Do oyster mushrooms grow on the same tree over multiple years? In fact, they do. Back in May of 2018, I’d been looking for morels in Mills Norrie park, on the Hudson River’s eastern bank, when I ran into two couples in the woods. It […]

Oyster Mushrooms While We Wait

Oyster Mushrooms While We Wait

“What am I eating?” my friend Danny asks, picking at the leftover pasta and oyster mushrooms cooling on my stove. To which I explain how I had just been out picking mushrooms a few days prior. “These are mushrooms?!” I’d forgotten he’s been telling me […]

Facing East, and Heading West

Facing East, and Heading West

Throughout early May of this year I had a lot of success finding morels under tuliptrees. I’d been especially lucky finding morels under tuliptrees on southeastern facing slopes. That all came to an end recently. As I stepped from my car, heat enveloped me. It […]

Hunting Trees, Hunting Morels

Hunting Trees, Hunting Morels

Morel season in full swing and I am once again in search of hallowed ground. As a new-ish transplant to the Northeast, I don’t have a honeyhole to speak of. No spot has been handed down to me over familial generations; I haven’t had seasons […]

Preparing for the Start of Morel Mushroom Season

Preparing for the Start of Morel Mushroom Season

With the snow receding, soil temperatures beginning to rise, and spring on the horizon my mind has been turning to morel mushrooms. Actually, it’s less of a casual thought and more of an obsession. Over the past couple of years, I’ve returned to Michigan for […]

What To Do When Your Winemaker Hands You A Random Mushroom in Uruguay

What To Do When Your Winemaker Hands You A Random Mushroom in Uruguay

Earlier this month, I had the luxury of spending a week in Uruguay, exploring the country’s wines. Bounded by Brazil and Argentina, the Atlantic Ocean and the Uruguay River, this small South American country is big on flavor. Despite it’s relatively flat terrain—the tallest hill […]

Reflections on Eating Bugs (and Drinking Them, Too)

Reflections on Eating Bugs (and Drinking Them, Too)

Just a few weeks ago, in my story about finding my first Hen of the Woods, I wrote about not eating bugs. I’d be remiss to mention, however, that I actually have been eating bugs recently. In fact, I wrote an article on edible insects—on both drinking […]

My History with Hen of the Woods: How the Maitake First Bested Me

My History with Hen of the Woods: How the Maitake First Bested Me

About this time last year, I thought my foraging season was coming to an end. Still acclimating to the East Coast, I’d missed most of the Chanterelle season, hadn’t found my own hunting grounds, and by the beginning of October, the Chanterelles that had been […]

Golden Oldie: The Chanterelle Salad Recipe Returns

Golden Oldie: The Chanterelle Salad Recipe Returns

Chanterelle season has arrived and I’m going crazy picking these gold-ish orange beauties. And, cooking as many as I can, as often as I can. While I’ve long favored simple preparations—I love chanterelle recipes that feature eggs as I think the flavors favor each other—my […]

Oyster Mushrooms and Pheasant Backs Take the Day

Oyster Mushrooms and Pheasant Backs Take the Day

With a few hours to kill in Michigan earlier this spring, I headed out to scope some new territory. While I was hoping to add to the small, aged morel cache from earlier in the week, I settled instead for a few oyster mushrooms and […]